I just had to go ahead and try it. 3D-Xplorer just called to me when I saw the posting on CNET this morning that Avatars to run Altadyn business meetings. Then when I saw that Mike Elgan also reviewed this product, I knew I had to go out and test it.

Take a look around and let me know what you think. Use your mouse and arrow keys to move around.  NOTE:  The app runs in your browser using JAVA.  It may take a while to load the first time you try it.  You can cancel the user login, or login anoymously by picking an avatar gender and entering in a name (such as Guest) if you want to see what the avatar looks like in the room. 3geek VR-Room

(click image to launch 3 Geeks VR-Room)

My take is that it is that I like the fact that you don’t need to download anything to use it – although it uses JAVA to do all the hard work; it works in the web browser without any special ports (at least that IT has found to block yet); and it isn’t all that difficult to play with (although, if you really want to play, you have to pay to get the really cool tools – around $49/month for the online meeting tools.) So, for the time being, I’m playing with the free version, and having some fun.

  • Anonymous

    cool! and your 3D office is great!

  • It’s a cool technology. Attorneys have been meeting similarly in the 3D environment of Second Life. The Second Life Bar Association for example has regular CLEs and the ABA even hosted a meeting there a couple months ago. I’ve been considering renting office space there myself.

    My only hesitation with the 3D-Xplorer technology is the security of transmitting confidential attorney/client information online. I’m not sure that the security is there yet for 3D technologies based on my research. That’s just my take on it. I would caution attorneys to check out the backend security before setting up formal meetings.

  • Good comment Stephanie. I know that this vendor does have password protected 3D spaces, but I’m not sure if it goes beyond that security level or not (such as single-point IP authentication).

    I’m assuming that 2nd Life has some of the additional security features in its product?